Census 2021

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The census has been taken every ten years since 1801 (except for 1941). It forms the most comprehensive dataset on the population and its characteristics and is used to inform policy and spending decisions, identify community needs and shape local priorities. 

Census day 2021 was Sunday 21 March. It was the first digital Census, run mainly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones, or tablets. A paper questionnaire was also available for anyone who requested it. 

Why is the Census important?

The Census is a count of all people and households in the country and is conducted every 10 years. Every household must, by law, complete a census questionnaire and it is therefore a rich data source providing a detailed snapshot of the population and local characteristics. In comparison with data from previous censuses, it also enables us to tracks changes in society over time.

The Census asks people about subjects such as work, health, housing, ethnic background, education and marital status.  The responses build a picture of the nation, including the Dover District, which helps central and local government, health authorities, businesses, voluntary sector organisations and communities to target resources and plan for years to come.

The responsible body for the Census in England and Wales is the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Census 2021 results

The Office for National Statistics released the first results from the Census on the 28 June 2022. These published results being the population counts by sex and five year age band and estimates of the numbers of households for local authorities.  

Detailed results on the characteristics of the Dover District’s communities and localities will follow from around September 2022 into 2023.

How the population changed in the Dover District

Please see our summary of how the population changed in the Dover District between 2011 and 2021.

Selected countries of birth - interim data

In March 2022, the Office for National Statistics published some interim data on ‘Selected countries of birth’ based on Census 2021 responses. This dataset contains preliminary counts of country of birth by local authority for Ukraine and neighbouring or relevant countries to help support local and national emergency response planning. They are not final census estimates and have not been adjusted for under coverage in the census. 

Please see our summary of selected countries of birth - interim data for the Dover District

Census 2021 leaflets

Information leaflets published by the Office for National Statistics: 

Further information

For further information on the Census, please visit census.gov.uk.  


Census 2011

Census 2011 summaries for the Dover District and also for each Ward. There is also a link to information from the Census 2001. 

State of the District

An economic, social and environmental profile of the district 


Information on the Dover district from the English Indices of Deprivation